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Raise Yourself to the Bar: Becoming Your Own Standard for Optimal Health

Written by Portland Clinic of Natural Health on April 28, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, the pursuit of optimal health and wellness can often feel like an uphill battle. We are bombarded with messages about the latest health trends, superfoods, and exercise fads that promise to help us reach our health goals. But what if the key to achieving optimal health is not about raising the bar, but becoming the bar? What if we shift our focus from external measures of success to an internal sense of well-being and fulfillment?

Becoming the bar means setting a standard for ourselves that is rooted in our values, passions, and purpose. It means defining our own vision of optimal health and wellness, and striving to live in alignment with that vision. This approach is not about achieving some external marker of success, but rather about living a life that is rich in meaning and purpose.

So how do we become the bar when it comes to our health and wellness? Here are a few key principles to keep in mind:

  1. Focus on the journey, not just the destination: The path to optimal health is not a linear one, and it's important to embrace the ups and downs along the way. Instead of fixating on a specific health goal, focus on the process of getting there and the lessons you learn along the way.
  2. Cultivate self-awareness: Becoming the bar requires a deep understanding of your own values, passions, and purpose. Spend time reflecting on what matters most to you and how you want to live your life. This self-awareness will help guide your decisions and actions in the pursuit of optimal health.
  3. Practice self-compassion: It's easy to be hard on ourselves when we fall short of our health goals. But practicing self-compassion is key to becoming the bar. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, and remember that setbacks are a natural part of the journey.
  4. Embrace a holistic approach: Optimal health is about more than just physical fitness or a healthy diet. It's about taking care of your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being as well. Embrace a holistic approach to health and wellness that honors all aspects of your being.

Becoming the bar when it comes to our health and wellness is not about achieving some external standard of success. It's about defining our own vision of optimal health and wellness and living in alignment with that vision. By embracing a journey-focused, self-aware, self-compassionate, and holistic approach to health and wellness, we can live a life that is rich in meaning and purpose, and achieve optimal health and well-being in the process.

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